6 Common Varieties and Benefits of Basil- Dairy Free, Vegan Pesto Recipe

6 Common Varieties and Benefits of Basil- Dairy Free, Vegan Pesto Recipe

I always try to keep a plant of fresh basil on my kitchen counter. I love not only the flavor, but also the fragrant. Sometimes I’ll rub the leaves between my fingers, and I can feel the oils rub onto my skin. Civilizations around the world have used basil for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. I get so passionate when I find a food that is not only tasty, but also has healing abilities. Basil is known to help with managing...

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Easy Vegan Red Lentil Soup

Easy Vegan Red Lentil Soup

Eating vegan is a choice for some, for others it may be out of health reasons. I personally can’t have any dairy, but love a small piece of grass-fed, lean cut steak once in awhile, as well as fresh fish and chicken. So I find myself often eating a vegan dish with perhaps some meat on the side or in the case of this soup, just serve it with a salad. Most of the time our family gets their protein from combination of legumes, grains and...

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Understanding Inflammation and Its Role In Our Body

Understanding Inflammation and Its Role In Our Body

I believe that anti-inflammatory diet or lifestyle can help us alleviate many of our symptoms in managing different diseases. But beyond my personal experience, there are significant amount of studies and research that helps us to understand inflammation, as well as how to control too much of it. Not all inflammation is bad, but once it becomes chronic, that’s when we start seeing damage in the body. Today, researchers know that a great...

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My Love Affair with The Green Gold – Olive Oil

My  Love Affair with The Green Gold – Olive Oil

If I was stuck on an Island, and could choose to receive only one item delivered, it’d be Olive oil. Oh that beautiful liquid green treasure! It’s true that I grew up with olive oil, not just for consumption, but for other use. Between my mom and grandma, I seriously thought that olive oil was cure and solution for all things. So now nearly half a century of using this oil, I have to agree, that life without Olive oil would be a...

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How To Cope Emotionally With Diet Changes Due To Autoimmune Disease

How To Cope Emotionally With Diet Changes Due To Autoimmune Disease

I appreciate when I get feedback on my blog articles. That was the case recently when I visited with a lady over the phone regarding her health. After several years of living with an autoimmune disease, she decided to make changes in her lifestyle beyond medication. A year ago, her new doctor encouraged her to start living on a anti-inflammatory diet. She explained to me how amazing she felt when she ate according to the doctor’s...

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Restricted Diet

Restricted Diet

I have spend the last few years trying to figure out how to live a normal life with a restricted diet. At one point I had to help our twelve year old son with his diet limitations for a while due to health, then our little grandson who has food allergies, and some few friends and acquaintances who have struggled with food sensitivities. Between my challenges and others, I have learned few things along the way by reading and researching a lot...

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Anti-inflammatory Diet

Anti-inflammatory Diet

About six seven years ago, I ended up with two shoulder surgeries. The first time they went in, they had to repair couple of tears caused by an accident and the second time the surgeon went in, he had to patch me up some more, and clean up scar tissues. The doctor explained something at the follow up appointment which left me wondering. My surgeon said, that because of inflammation and autoimmune problems, my body created more scar tissues than...

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Living with Autoimmune Disease

Living with Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune disease is when your own body attacks itself. Your body starts creating antibodies and attacks its own tissues. When the immune system  becomes compromised, the body starts losing its ability to fight the real enemies. Science and doctors are still trying to figure out why this happens, but they haven’t found any definite answers. The one thing they have identified is, that our immune system triggers some kind of physical...

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